Buddakan Stephen Starr Yang Huang Brian Ray Buddakan

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Trendy Asian-Fusion eatery that exudes equal parts opulence and flavorful fare.
Openings: Dinner nightly

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Buddakan, New York, NY


Buddakan Restaurant Review:


Who knew that a former cookie factory could exude opulence? At Buddakan, the subtle concrete-colored entryway leads to an airy bar and lounge where lattice-screen walls offer hints that something impressive lies on the floor below. Like its older sibling in Philadelphia, this eatery makes an impact with sheer size, its décor and its savory Asian-Fusion cuisine. Test your Fate (elderflower, pineapple and Prosecco) at the bar or find Clarity (plum wine, lychee, grapefruit and port), both from the snazzy cocktail list, before descending down one side of a dual staircase towards a banquet table in the center of an expansive room. Gargantuan chandeliers cast a warm glow over the candelabra-topped family-style table. As spicy aromas waft over from your neighbor’s nearby table, an eager staff is ready to cater to any dietary needs. For appetizers, indulge in the tea-smoked spare ribs with hoisin barbecue sauce. Dim sum choices include Shanghai soup dumplings with crab and pork or hoisin-glazed pork belly. Among entrées is Mongolian lamb chops with a crystallized ginger crust. Cauliflower stir-fry is another option. If dessert is called Crying Chocolate (molten cake, white chocolate ganache, coffee ice cream and caramel), is there anything left to say? Okay: passion fruit meringue.

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